Why Not Community? An Exploration of the Value of Community in Cohen's Socialism

Res Publica 28 (2):303-322 (2022)
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The work of prominent analytical Marxist G. A. Cohen provides a vision of socialism which has distributive justice and community at its core. While Cohen's view of distributive justice has been hugely influential, much less has been said about community. This article argues that community plays three distinct roles in Cohen's socialism. One is as an independent value, the second is as a necessary adjacent counterpart to justice, which serves both to restrict and facilitate distributive equality, and the third is as a critique of the liberal contractualist view of humanity. We argue that each of these are distinct and valuable elements in Cohen's thought, each of which must be recognized to understand the range and implications of Cohen's socialism.

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Andreas Albertsen
Aarhus University
Lasse B. N. B.N. Nielsen
Palacky University


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